Is it possible to make an outside dog house using the frame of a wire crate. Possibly building the wood around the wire frame?
Topic by Terriestephens | last reply
The Roll It is an experimental house design that was developed at the University of Karlsruhe. To use the house in a different way, just walk along the inside to roll it to create a new up and down. There's a bed, an exercise area, and even a kitchen with a sink. I really wish I could find an explanation of how that last one works. Roll It via Core77
Topic by fungus amungus | last reply
Ever since i was 12, i've wanted to live in a warehouse, 1000+ square feet. my plan would be to build an apartment (myself) on the inside, out or 2x4s, etc. I would build the inner house to code, insulate and heat it (so i wouldnt have to heat a million cubic feet), and just do all the stuff you can only do when you live in a warehouse. like ride a go-kart between your bedroom and kitchen, and have a trampoline in your living room. Now that i'm approaching the age of "hey, you're gonna be 23 soon, you'd better start thinking about a house", this is becoming more and more appealing to me. Anyone have any input on procedures, policies, zoning regulations, bills, etc? If (when) i do it, i'll most assuredly post an 'ible.
Topic by falcotheimpaler | last reply
If windows could be closed and opened automatically, it could extensively help regulate inside air temperature- a big boon to those of us with no AC. Coupled into a remote-control house, it might reduce electrical consumption and/or increase comfort extensively. I am imagining an add-on to the type of windows that slide up and down; seems the type that opens with a crank would be very easy to retrofit, but they aren't very common, and not very insulating, in my experience.
Topic by whittey | last reply
In another year or so we're hoping to buy an "investment opportunity" house and, as we're fixing it up, I would LOVE to add a house-wide puzzle leading to a final prize. Ideally the mystery would start with seemingly decorative scrabble tiles in the guest bathroom and take the players all over the house and garden. I'd love for it to have three or four tracks that all need to be solved to get to the final prize, that way we can do them in installments (get track 1 up and running, then 2, etc) so friends can start playing sooner rather than later. I'd also love at least two of the tracks to use only stuff that'll go with the house when sold, like the cabinets, garden rocks, etc, so that the next owners can continue the game. I've started collecting ideas and would love to hear more. The only limit is to please keep your ideas doable - while it would be fantastic to, say, have a wall slide away to reveal a secret underground cave I'm not so certain we can dig one of those out in our spare time. Inspiration for all this comes mainly from the Myst games (ah, Riven, how I loved thee!) and this puzzle apartment in New York.
Topic by kitnrose | last reply
Hi guys! I figured I might try sharing what I've made here. Recently I've gotten the full version of FL Studio and during some spare time, I enjoy composing my own music. I mainly stick to the Melodic House genre, as it is my favourite type of music. Anyhow, here's my most recent project, I've worked for quite some time on this one, and I think its pretty good, at least in my opinion. Could you guys tell me what you think, and perhaps some tips and stuff to work on for my next composition. It really would mean a lot, thanks and I hope you enjoy. Also, for those of you who have FL, I wouldn't mind giving tips as well! https://soundcloud.com/koolcoasterkid/dimensions There are also 2 other recent songs on my Soundcloud channel, if you are interested as well.
Topic by koolcoasterkid | last reply
Hiya all! I sometimes go to my grandmother's house, and there is an abandoned Karate club or something near it. Recently, I got bored so I went outside. I circled around that building a couple of times, and I noticed that I can climb to it's roof! It's not too high, about only 5 meters or so. The roof is awesome! It's flat, and then I came up with an awesome idea - how about building a small house there? Just for the fun of it, it could be an awesome place to come with friends. I need the floor to be at least 2x2 meters, height 1.5-2 meters. I need the house to be made of cheap and available materials. Got any ideas?
Question by netbus | last reply
Hello everyone!!I'm looking for a book on tree house construction. I'm not interested in looking at images of various tree houses that have been built but I would really like to find clever details that deal with the construction of a tree house in a ''tree friendly'' manner. Does anybody have any ideas?Thank you in advance,
Question by alison katri | last reply
Is there anyone that has gone through the process of setting up a sustainable housing development, preferably in Australia, but would be happy to learn of some expriences elsewhere. I've built my own house but am now considering to setup a project to build more efficiently - perhaps get 15 to 20 people together and buy a larger piece of land which would be lot more efficient to build on - with share facilities etc.
Topic by icecreamguru
$5-$10 Gingerbread House kits.... I highly recommend NOT buying one. Not only are they not flammable... They taste bad, difficult to assemble AND they don't come with the parts to make it just like on the box....This was one sad sad house -- so we put it out of its misery... Just thought I'd share...http://www.primitiveengineering.com/blog/?p=47 <-- Some videos in there...
Topic by trebuchet03
Like most UK houses my thermostat is in the coldest part of the house - The entrance hall. Although I have recently fitted thermostatic valves fitted to all radiators I can't help but feel the heating would be more effective if I simply controlled the temperature in the room we spend most time in during the evening- The lounge. I guess this would mean the rest of the house would be cooler than at present but that isn't really a problems for us. Is there any reason, anyone knows, not to do this? Has anyone gone down the smart thermostat route? https://nest.com/uk/thermostat/life-with-nest-thermostat/ New high efficiency condensing boiler Thermostatic radiator valves through the house High level of insulation to walls and roof. Double glazing all round in PVC frames.
Question by rickharris | last reply
Coby Unger is at the White House and the Faire today representing Instructables, so say hi if you see him! He's there with 9-year-old Aidan Robinson to present their amazing collaboration: the superhero arm. (If you've never seen this 'ible I promise you'll be inspired by it: a playful prosthetic arm that's designed to grow with its wearer, and that supports interchangeable, task-specific attachments to help Aidan not only do everyday tasks but also play his favorite games.) Are you planning any projects for the White House's #weekofmaking, or maybe even going to D.C. Maker Faire?
Topic by Neepha
I have a plastic housing for a VCR with some molded-in markings on the inside. *There is a circle with an arrow inside and two numbers outside. "1207" & "1208" The arrow is pointing to "1207" *There is a circle with an arrow inside and the numbers 0-9 on the outside. The arrow is pointing to "4" *There is a circle with an arrow inside and the numbers 0-3 on the outside. The arrow is pointing to "0" *There is a circle with an arrow inside and the letters A-H on the outside. The arrow is pointing to "B" *There are also two charts that has letters on the left and what looks like names of pigment colors on the right column. Some of the right side fields are blank. *There is another chart with "00", "99", and "98" on the y-axis and the numbers 1-9, 0, and the letters "N" and "D" on the x-axis. There are two markings - one at the intersection of "99" and "1" and another at "99" and "2". Does anybody know what these markings mean? I've seen similar markings on other bits of plastic electronic housing. I imagine that they explain the material that the housing is made of , but what do they mean? Anybody know? Have any ideas?
Topic by 8bit | last reply
Buurp , howdy fellows , i am hemaworstje autonoom living farmer therefore depending on inventions and sidepaths to reach the same result. if i can help out just scream , take me as the old fart , survival and gizmo do go alon gtogether just fine. i know shit about modern tech but know the old dirrty trick in the book.
Topic by hemaworstje | last reply
Ok...finally compiled a list of everything that's going so I don't have to make multiple posts... this is it:Water Heater 10 gal. Electric 22x24" $100CRT Monitors Qty. 4 FreeToledo Scale Vintage Counting Scale $100Electrical Boxes Various sizes, shapes $10eaDayton Right Angle Motors (Davit motors) qty2 (L&R;) 1/35hp from a boat model 5K5355 RPM 1725 $300 for both or $200eaExtrusion Various sizes, shapes, qty. $1/lbCable winch from boat trailer $20Time Clocks Mechanical, broken $20 for bothBrewmatic Junior Industrial Coffee Pot $60Baseboard Heater $15Matsuura tool holders *NEW* (qty2) setting/changing fixtures fits BT40 $470 for both or $275ea2 Spring Testers 1 torsion $Price unknown at this time1BridgePort DRO +Scales Scales OK, DRO broken $100Mitutoyo Touch Signal Probe 192-001 $115Micrometers Mitutoyo 8-9" part# 103-223 $125 & 10-11" part# 103-225 $135 or $200 for bothGarnet Hopper Jet Edge new this runs $8700! $800Spring Wire Various sizes, stainless (17-7, 302) and music wire $1/lb - large coils (pm/email for list)Drill Sharpener Darex M4 w/ accessories $500Drill Sharpener SRD 80-M $400Garmin GPS Old, still works! $10Briggs & Stratton Motor NEW. 18hp cast iron, twin cyl. 964cc $999Metal Desk 60" wide, seafoam green metal $60Hose Clamps 5.25" in diameter $.25/eaCoffing Hoist 1/2 Ton 3 phase hoist. Works, but is dirty. Has controls $450Pepsi Machines 2 older can machines. They work & we have keys $100Lip Cutter/Grinder Alexander 2CG (for engraving tools)w/accessories $600Capacitance Meter Emco Capacitance Meter, old, good condition. $20All prices are obo. It can be shipped UPS (sometimes USPS). I have pictures for most of the things on the list.Email email@example.com if you are interested. I don't check PMs very often, but PMs ok too!THANKS!
Topic by Rainbowlaces | last reply
There is a mouse in my house!! Isn't he cute!! Any suggestions as how to get rid of him? He has taken a nibble of every single packet in my grocery cabinet.. Must have been looking for a tasty one. Any suggestions would be helpful. Oh... and I do not want to kill him. Thanks
Topic by Lftndbt | last reply
Hello everyone. I have plans for foldable and floating house fit for 2 people with WC, 2 beds, 2 fishing chairs with tables and maybe a bbq :) I dont have the money to build it but its a dream of mine. I'll be happy if someone is interested and actually build this thing. when folded its 250sm / 150sm / 50 sm h. For the materials i can use steinless steal squares for base, old inner tires for support, light aluminium rods for the roof, some watter resistent fabric for the walls and some custom made beds and tables. I'm working on pictures with some lame architecture program and i'm posting them as soon as i can. I also have schematics of the joints and locking systems ... well if anyone is interested let me know
Topic by WishKeeper | last reply
I live in a semi-rural area. We are hours from a decent motorway, but hip-deep in caravan parks. Given the UK law that limits trailers to 50mph, I am generally disapproving of anything towed. However, this trailer tent designed by Axel Enthoven is a thing of beauty and luxury. The Opera trailer tent has features including central heating, teak flooring (and a veranda!), ceramic toilet, electrically adjustable twin beds (which can be joined into a double), kitchen sink (of course), onboard water boiler (which supplies a fountain?), fridge and low-energy LED lighting “from awning to floor” (yes there are uplights!). Unfortunately, beauty has a price - €24,000 puts it in the price-range of campers with engines and no restriction to 50mph... Your Suite in Nature via Notcot.
Topic by Kiteman | last reply
Hi all! I've being thinking on how to get off grid for a while now, in the first stage to use solar power to get the energy bills go down and in second place to get my stamp on earths energy consumption, using my house in a greener way. So solar energy and wind energy are on my mind, but recently i started to think about more possibilities. Like using my crawlspace to work for me. Maybe its posible to make a wind turbine underneath the house, or use the constant temperature to cool my house during summer. I've seen plans on the internet ( and cant find them anymore... ) about using a sort off vacuum chamber that has a constand wind flow comming in, trough a system of pipes that drive a wind turbine inside. The idea is that, because of the vacuum effect, you need only a small gust of wind to power the turbine. Where i live theres always wind, sometime a little, sometimes waaay to much. The crawlspace i have isnt that high, about 50CM in hight, and during the Fall and Winter months theres a high level of water, about 25CM. Durring summer its mostly muddy sand, so there's stil a lot off cool water trapt in there. So about the idea on cooling my house, how about a water cooling system that runs trough the house? How would you guys make such systems, have you already tryed this out, and are there some enthousiastic folks out there willing to go all the way and show these idea's are doable, so everyone can make it??? Hope to hear from you soon ;-) Greets, Arie
Topic by AriedeB | last reply
It's gingerbread house season! Making miniature houses out of gingerbread and frosting and candy is hard to resist and in honor of these tiny abodes we will be having a Gingerbread House Slideshow Contest coming soon! It's a slideshow contest so you don't have to put up instructions of how you made it, just the amazing results. More details soon!
Topic by fungus amungus | last reply
Hi i was watching http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBWi3NtND68 ( using a bottle filled with water to reflect light inside the house ) may be someone can can use mirrors or magnifier to run a solar panel inside the house and do more than just light . ( heating water , spread lights to other rooms ,cool the house , etc ... ) thanks Michael
Topic by pacbe11 | last reply
I was wondering if there is a name for a specific term. I want to create a wind or water turbine using old PC fans and rectifier diodes (which i have successfully done before). I intend to create many of these and hopefully hook them to my house which is currently still on the main grid. But i was wondering this. Is there a way that i can hook up the output wires from the diodes (where the useful energy comes from) to a battery bank (which i have also created) and then make it so that when those are full, it supplies the extra occasional energy from the wind turbine, to any part of the house that might need it? and then when the power goes out the batteries kick in? If not, is there a way i can make it so the batteries will fully charge off the wind turbine, then when fully charged, they will kick in and supply power to part of my house until they run out, and then allow it to switch back to the main grid while the wind tubines recharge the batteries? I have a large house so i know that my house can never be completely 24/7 dependant on wind/solar/water power.
Question by Gamingfield | last reply
What do i need for alexa to work with my x10 house i know a computer and a CM17A what else do i need i have alot x10 modules its at one time was voice activated but it was running on widows 95 computer is not working tryrd to get it going but software is to oil any help is appreciate
Topic by 4wheels
Burning question! I am trying to attach a membrame (which is made of latex at the moment) to a silicon housing (see attachment). The membrame should be a able to move vertically and thus expand a bit. The two challenges are: - The membrame should not be to thin, because otherwise it snaps and; - The membrame should not be to thick, because otherwise their is too much pressier on the sides and it also snaps. The membrame and the silicon housing should be airtied. The material of the membrame can change, although it needs to be flexible of course. Any tips on which material to use for the membrame or on assembly techniques? Cheers, Thijs
Topic by thijss | last reply
Hi my house sites on top of the garage and has an open stair and hatch doorway into our living toom. Whats the best way of insulating between my garage and room? Ive been told insulating the garage door is a waste of time and i should concentrate on the connecting door but want to know if anyone has any other suggestions that wont mean i have to buy/make a new door. thanks Mark
Question by worktops | last reply
New bldg materials outgas. Old bldgs may have mold, outdated wiring, etc. What would it cost to build old school, but with some of the newer tech? Get the best of both worlds. Perhaps build smaller than the McMansions typical of todays builders.
Topic by Toga_Dan | last reply
I need a way to take my MP3 player underwater. will be going deep in the 250 foot range. I will need to be able to turn it on and off underwater as the battery will not last through out the entire dive. any one have any ideas about how to start something like this?
Topic by shaines | last reply
I have had doxies (weiner dogs) for about 10 years now...I have adopted a couple that had bad habits. Of course they were too old to try and housebreak by the time I got a hold of them. I have a doggie door, so they have free will to come and go. Presently we have 2 girls, one is very polite and will get up at night in the snow and go outside. The other is a couch potato, she will use my carpet if it is 80 degrees outside in the spring. I adopted her when she was 2 years old. She does not urinate in the living room anymore, but she does the other thing and also in my kitchen. I cannot crate her. Any suggestions?
Question by jeanuhlik | last reply
Hello everyone! I am interested in creating a geocache for an upcoming event I will be attending. My thought is to have a birdhouse (fairly large) that will have walls that are on hinges that open when the person presses down on a plunger of a dynamite box (handmade of course). Crazy idea I know but I am basing it on the event. While I have limited electronic knowledge I am in dire need of help in trying how to make this work and have it be able to reset itself for the next person to find.I would greatly appreciate any help with how this would work, and would definitely give credit to anyone who helps in the cache listing. Thanks in advance. -Will
Topic by apcwill | last reply
I'm planning on getting a very powerful welder. I'm don't really think our puny 15 A circuit breakers can handle the massive amount of current it will draw though. I've heard of welders being plugged into circuits meant for stoves, but my stove's circuit isn't easily accessible from where I want to weld. I was wondering if it is possible (and safe) to splice together circuits in parallel. As in, is it safe to take the supply of one 15 A circuit, and splice it together phase to phase with a different 15 A circuit? (You know, like, without burning anything down. Specifically, my house.) When you connect two circuits in parallel, the amperage adds, so it should get me a good 30 amps, right?
Question by tylervitale
I am trying to find a new home but until then I am stuck in a '*§%& of a house that feels more like an oven. Problem is old age and a landlord who prefers unqualified DIY jobs rather than getting it done properly. I already wasted a lot of money on foam tape to at least prevent the wind from blowing through all doors and windows but the "aircon" is what kills me right now. The house is fitted with an evaporative cooler, which would be perfectly fine in a desert area but not around here with humidity levels usually between 50 and 65%, much higher when it rains on a hot day. My current choice is to sleep at around 34°C in my bedroom or to turn the cooler on to get down to 30°C but everything will be "wet" the next morning. Needless to say the system never had a clean or service done and the landlord is not going to change that as it is not a legal requirement here. Now I am seriously considering to waste more money and to get polystyrene boards to cover the windows that are fitted with just 3mm single pane glass. Was anyone ever desperate enough to such a silly thing and give some insight on how much of a temp difference was achieved? Any better or cheaper options out there apart from buying a portable aircon?
Question by Downunder35m | last reply
I have a couple of motors and fans from domestic vacuum cleaners that got their casings damaged beyond(main user acceptable) repair. Having just started using a router, my next project has to be a cyclonic dust collector. Rather than used the current domestic vacuum I'd like to utilise one of the salvaged suction units, has any one got advice or suggestions on mounting/ design of a shop vac? As they were a quick salvage job on the way to the tip I didn't get much of a look at how things went together, filter arrangements etc
Question by Stan1y
I have recently conceived a desire to pimp out small household appliances, like say a hand mixer. I want to add LED running lights around the joint where the top part of the case and the bottom part fit together. Of course, I also want to still be able to use the mixer for its intended purpose, so I can't just slap a wall wart on the cord. Does anyone have any hints on a safe way to divert/convert about 12v of DC power from the 120v AC power cord? Ideally, I'd like a compact solution, one that will fit inside the case of the appliance.
Topic by TeratoMarty | last reply
I've seen a couple different examples of re-purposing things like wireless doorbell ringers or other devices to activate a door look solenoid but i don't want to carry any more stuff in my pockets.Ii was wondering if it's possible to use a car fob to do the same thing? i would love to map the door lock button on my car fob to unlock my front door and vice versa for the lock button. I know for garage door openers in your car you can hold down the OEM remote and it syncs the signal not sure if there is a way to do this with my car fob.
Topic by SpinningCone | last reply
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Topic by chilli0627 | last reply
I would like to build a barbee doll house from wood or any material thatmight be good. I would like it to have several stories and several rooms. Details might be just doors and windows for now. I could add other details later.
Question by JKBARNETT | last reply